Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pieces (1982)

The poster says: You don't have to go to Texas to have a chainsaw massacre. This film goes to a college campus for one.

There were countless slasher flicks made in the 80's. But there are a select few that stood out above the rest. Pieces is near the top of that list. It's probably one of the most sickest and most violent of the slasher films as well. It's about a psychopathic killer who collects body parts from his college co-ed victims to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old.

Our list of suspects include campus stud Kendall, totally weird anatomy professor Brown, creepy groundskeeper Willard, and the even creepier campus Dean. The investigation is headed by Lt. Bracken (Christopher George), his assistant Holden, tennis star-turned-undercover-officer Mary Riggs, and, um, campus stud Kendall, who for some reason is made an honorary deputy despite the fact that he is a suspect. Yes, Kendall’s involvement with the police force, which includes putting him on the case, showing him all evidence, and giving him the task of watching over Mary Riggs’ safety, is only one of the absolutely baffling and hilarious turns this film will take.

Among the many hilarious scenes is one that involves a man going into an elevator while trying to hide a chainsaw behind his back. Not to mention Lynda Day's overacting. But the icing on the gore covered cake is a shockingly grotesque finale that is sure to make every male watching the movie moan in agony. It's total grindhouse and I love it for that.


Grindhouse Releasing really packs their DVDs with extra material and this DVD is no exception. You get the original poster, which I think is one of the coolest horror posters out there, Never before seen in-depth interviews with the director Juan Picquer and genre superstar Paul L. Smith, gallery of stills, and liner notes by horror journalist Chris Balun.

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